With all the commercials, advertising in stores, and sales we know that the holiday season is amongst us. But this is not always a happy moment for everyone. We must remember that many are suffering from what professionals are calling: Holiday Depression. Holiday depression is described as regression, development of diffuse anxiety, feelings of helplessness, irritability, and depression; said to occur in certain psychoanalytic patients before Thanksgiving and continuing into the Christmas holiday season, ending a few days after January 1. Researchers have found that 18% of the US population suffer from this form of anxiety this time of the year. For many they see this as a time of self-evaluation, loneliness, reflection on past failures and anxiety about an uncertain future hence leading to holiday depression. This reflection time has caused this time frame to become the highest time for suicide rates.
Professionals know that this may be a hard time to speak with your love ones. They feel that this may be a time when you may not know what to say or just fear you will bring up something that will upset your love one. But, they feel that just being a compassionate listener is much more important than giving advice. Researchers feel that you should NEVER try to “fix” the person; you just have to be a GOOD listener.